Chris Paton–Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour Survey Stats

Those who attended the recent Chris Paton-Thomas MacEntee Downunder Tour around Australia were invited give feedback as well, on the venue, on the talks, and on some general genealogy queries. It is those extra genealogy questions that we have the stats for here, and wanted to share as they give some very interesting results.

Global Search for Descendants of Berwick Families

Berwick-upon-Tweed is a town in Northumberland, England, which is generally known as simply Berwick, and has a VERY long history. This town is situated in England, but is only 4km from the Scottish border. Now there is a global search on to find descendants of those who used to live in this town. Sounds like a grand plan, but it is for a grand occasion, as 2015 is the 900th anniversary of the town.

Deadline Looming for the NLA’s 2014 Community Heritage Grants

The deadline for the National Library of Australia 2014 Community heritage Grants is looming, so don’t delay if your group is wishing to send in an application. The grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents …

The Australian Dress Register

The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance pre-1975, and includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday wear.

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Genealogy Software

RootsMagic Webinars – March and April 2012

They’re baaacck! After releasing RootsMagic 5 late last year, the team at RootsMagic have been soooo busy they haven’t had time for new webinars, but now they’re back with a brand new batch of online video tutorials for you, so you can get the most out of your RootsMagic 5 program.

General

Mocavo – A Free Genealogy and Ancestry Search Engine

We’ve all tried Google, and we’ve tried Bing and various other search engines, as well as Ancestry, FindMyPast and other similar site … but have your tried the latest in genealogy search engines … MOCAVO? I’m guessing most of you won’t, so let me tell you a little about Mocavo.com.

Genealogy Australia

Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – February 2012

Thanks for the feedback on last month’s Australian Genealogy and History Snippets post. I’m glad you liked it, and that you found it informative. So, that brings us to my second Australian Genealogy and History Snippets post. This one covering news etc from February 2012. It’s not meant to be comprehensive in anyway, but rather it is bits that I’ve recently come across and would like to share with you.

Genealogy Australia

Genealogy Collection to Clear

There is a tendency that once you get into genealogy, you’re hooked for life … but just now and then you do come across someone who has done their research and is ready to move on to something else, and in dong so would like to reclaim the space in their house that genealogy took over by clearing their collection of genealogy books, CDs and associated items.

Genealogy Australia

Highlight: Sewerage Records: An Untapped Magnificent Resource

Sewerage is not something we associate with our ancestors, nor is it a resource that most people have high on their list for checking. But, read this book, and you will be convinced that is really sewerage records really are “an untapped magnificent resource”, and their value to family and local history research will be changed forever.

Genealogy Australia

History around the Bombing of Darwin

On the 19th of February 1942 an event occurred which changed Australia forever. Australia was bombed by enemy forces at Darwin. Last weekend was the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin.

General

MyHeritage Now Offers DNA Testing to the Genealogy World

MyHeritage has over 62 million users worldwide, and apart with being a place to create your online trees, and network with others, MyHeritage now brings you DNA testing … and not just DNA testing, but DNA testing at affordable prices.

Genealogy Australia

South Australian BDM Indexes Now Online

The South Australian BDM Indexes are now online. Last year there was rumours of them coming, and now they’re here. This is BIG, BIG news for everyone with family connections to South Australia … and they’re free to search.

Genealogy Software

Use RootsMagic 5 on your Mac or Linux Computer [VIDEO]

RootsMagic 5 is one of the most most popular genealogy programs available for PC. While recently browsing YouTube I found this video on how to use CrossOver which allows you to use RootsMagic on your Macintosh or Linux computers.

Events

13th Australasian Genealogy Congress – The Details

It’s February already, and as usual no-one knows how it got here so fast. One good thing about the year flying by is that it means that ‘Congress’ is not far away. For anyone who’s been involved in the Australasian genie field for a number of years, you’ll know that Congress is the BIG event held every three years. So here’s the details …

Genealogy Australia

Run Your Digger Disks on Windows 7 64-bit

It has been a known fact that sadly the Australian ‘Digger’ disks will not work on Vista 64-bit, and Windows 7 64-bit computers, which comes as a rude shock to those who have just upgraded their computer, and paid hundreds of dollars for these CDs to find out. Well, we finally have some good news. Here’s how to get them working …

Genealogy Australia

Australian Genealogy and History Snippets – January 2012

If you’ve been following my posts for a while you might remember a that I had been doing a series (generally once a month) on Australian History News. You can see those posts here. Rather than continue that series (at least at this stage) I thought I’d use some of the new tidbits I was finding together with news from the social media scene and put them togehter as ‘Snippets’.

Family Tree Maker

Family Tree Maker – Free Update for Version 2012

A free update for Family Tree Maker 2012 for Windows has just been released. This update includes: some important improvements for syncing source citations, relationships, and accepted and rejected hints and more …